American Airlines canceled about 200 flights, or about 10 percent of its scheduled service, on Wednesday in order to conduct safety inspections on its MD-80 aircraft. The grounding came after an audit by a joint team of AA and Federal Aviation Administration inspectors determined reinspection was needed of the aircraft's wiring.
"We are reinspecting the MD-80s to make sure the wiring is installed and secured exactly according to the directive," American spokesman Tim Wagner said in a statement.
"We are in the process of completing the inspections on the remaining airplanes and will return them to service on a rolling basis throughout the day," Wagner said.
About 50 departures each were canceled at American's hubs at Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago O'Hare international airports.